Professor David Mitchell remains a much-loved ILWS adjunct member, continuing to visit his office on the Albury-Wodonga campus regularly, even though the effect of his Alzheimer’s condition means he is no longer research active. Professor Mitchell had a profound impact on the development of the Albury-Wodonga campus at Thurgoona, including the establishment of the David Mitchell wetlands. His scientific activities focused on aquatic weeds and wetlands but extended to water resources management of Australian river catchments characterised by even topography, variable rainfall, extensive floodplains, and ephemeral wetlands. He has authored or co-authored some 250 scientific papers and reports, of which about 90 are book chapters or published in refereed journals.
Professor Mitchell is the recipient of many awards, including the Hilary Jolly Award for "service to Australian Limnology"; the Aquatic Plant Management Society, USA, President's Award in recognition of his career devoted to scientific discovery and contributions to aquatic plant biology and control; and as the 2003 International Fellow of the Society for Wetland Scientists for "a lifetime of contributions to wetland science and management".
Adjunct Prof David Mitchell was named a Member in the general division of the Order of Australia in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Membership of Advisory Boards
Prof Mitchell has retired from all his advisory role positions but remains a Patron of the Lake Cowal Foundation, having served as a founding member of the Board from 2000 to 2012.
Bsc (Hons) UED, Cape Town , PhD Lond.